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Author Topic: Portrait l., Triptolemos r., Anazarbus  (Read 162 times)

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Portrait l., Triptolemos r., Anazarbus
« on: October 11, 2021, 11:48:03 am »
Does anyone have acccess to SNG Pfalz 175, AE 27, Portrait l., Triptolemos driving serpent-biga r., supposedly Elagabalus (= RPC 6.7289 [https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/6/7289], not pictured)? I've just bought what is likely a second specimen of this coin (below), but am quite sure this isn't Elagabalus. (On another forum Pekka adds SNG Tahberer 334, probably the same issue, second picture below.)
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Re: Portrait l., Triptolemos r., Anazarbus
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2021, 12:18:53 pm »

Tahberer lists 3 coins with same obverse die. #332 is best of these:

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Re: Portrait l., Triptolemos r., Anazarbus
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2021, 12:58:35 pm »
Again many thanks, Pekka; this is certainly some ANTWNEINOS or other, likely too composed for Elagabalus.
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Re: Portrait l., Triptolemos r., Anazarbus
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2021, 02:23:55 pm »
... I've just bought what is likely a second specimen of this coin (below), but am quite sure this isn't Elagabalus. ...

In SNG Pfälzer Privatsammlungen you have six coins under Elagabal from Anazarbos minted all with the same obverse die as the coin here (numbers 170-175).
Numbers 171-173 are this type here: https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/6/7249 and they are dated ƐΤ ΘΛϹ = 239, corresponding to 220/221 AD during the reign of Elagabal.

How should it be not Elagabal? Use of a Caracalla die during the reign of Elagabal? Or a wrong beginning of the era of Anazarbos?

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Re: Portrait l., Triptolemos r., Anazarbus
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2021, 03:43:00 pm »
Many thanks for this too, Altamura; RPC 6.7249 has a date that makes it clear that this is indeed Elagabalus, though the portrait on one obverse die (the plate coin's, for example) looks more like Elagabalus than the other die found in this lineup. Other specimens from both these obverse dies on acsearch.info s. nn.) It's not unlikely that someone was trying to make him look more like his comparatively presentable cousin than he actually did; other instances, anyone?
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